Trusting your gut instinct is a powerful tool that can help us make better decisions in life, work and business. According to a neuroscientist, our gut instincts are often based on subconscious information that our brain has processed without us realising it. This information can be more accurate than our conscious thoughts and can help us make better decisions.
In fact, our gut instincts are the most ancient and primal ‘sixth sense’ we have and are designed to protect us. Listening to your gut instinct can help us avoid dangerous situations and make better decisions in life. Albert Einstein believed in intuitions and inspirations. He sometimes felt that he was right but did not know that he was.
So, it’s important to listen to your gut instinct when making decisions in life, work and business. It can help you avoid dangerous situations and make better decisions.
Here are three tips on how to use gut instinct in life and business:
- Take a minute while talking with someone to see how you feel about the person. If your gut is telling you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t
- Rather than looking for good or bad signs, take a quiet moment to understand how you feel about a situation
- Trusting your gut instincts means paying attention to how your body reacts
- It’s important to learn how to leverage your intuition as a helpful decision-making tool in your career. You can start by making minor decisions and testing the outcomes. Reserve your intuition for those decisions that go beyond the data and require a more holistic approach
Here are some signs that your gut instincts are trying to tell you something:
- Whispers: You might hear whispers or have thoughts that keep returning to a specific person or situation
- Synchronicity: You might notice synchronicities or coincidences that seem too meaningful to be random
- Calm and quiet: Another way that intuition communicates with us is through silence
- Dreams affirm your gut instincts: When we sleep, the ego stops dictating and our intuition can come through in our dreams
- Gut instincts reveal how your body speaks to you: You might experience stomach ‘butterflies’ or nausea, a sinking sensation in the pit of your stomach, sweaty palms or feet, feelings of peace, safety, or calmness
It’s important to learn how to differentiate between a gut instinct and anxiety. A gut instinct is often a quick reaction that comes from the subconscious mind and is based on past experiences. Anxiety, on the other hand, is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as a racing heart or shortness of breath.
The key message is we need to listen to what our body and mind is telling us. Consider how often in hindsight you might have made a bad decision and realised afterwards you had a ‘feeling’ that something just wasn’t right.
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